About This Listing
2 bedroom luxury Villa Budi is close to bustling Ubud yet peaceful & quiet, with one of the best views in Bali. Garden bathrooms & with Harmony’s gorgeous 15m pool right on the rice fields, it's tropical living at it finest-Heaven at an Earthly price
Special up to 30% OFF REGULAR RATES for select dates through June 2015 and huge discounts on long stays for low season!
Our Luxury Two Bedroom Tropical Villa Budi at Harmony Villas has the best location and views in all of Ubud just moments from town but unbelievably quiet and peaceful.
After a day in busy bustling Ubud or on a temple tour or other activities you need a place to relax. Villa Budi is the place. Your stay includes a fabulous daily breakfast and full staff services.
A stunning view over almost 270 degrees is the defining element of Villa Budi. From the massive uninterrupted sweep of the rice fields almost due south to the mountains in north and the terraces to the northeast, you'll live on the huge wrap-around outside decks and soak up Bali into your very bones. Villa Budi features a lovely entrance hall, indoor/outdoor dining and living areas and a large well equipped full kitchen area with granite counters and lots of storage.
Villa Budi is designed in modern minimalist style to celebrate tropical sophistication and endorse the healthy benefits of fresh air and natural lighting with an open living, dining and kitchen space overlooking an ocean of rice. It's a perfect spot to spend hours relaxing and swimming in the beautiful infinity pool right on the edge of the raised bluff.
The living room is tastefully furnished for relaxation with a large teak dining table and traditional Javanese sofa along with casual seating. The entire villa opens up to the north and west for complete indoor/indoor outdoor living.
The two bedrooms each soak up the ambiance of the ocean of rice to the west and north. The front bedroom looks out directly over the rice fields below and its bathroom has both a garden and a full tub as well as rain shower. The rear north-facing bedroom has a unique bed design that permits either a queen or two singles and a garden bathroom with spacious rain shower.
Villa Budi is your own private world yet steps away from Harmony's 15 meter infinity pool. The Harmony pool is situated on the very edge of the bluff overlooking the rice and has a shallow end seating area for relaxing after you've done your laps! It's central to all the Harmony villas yet large enough for privacy. We don't have pool hours so feel free to take a moonlight swim at 3 am!
One of the favorites of Budi's guests is to awaken before dawn and watch the early light lift the mist over the ocean of rice a few meters below the expansive deck with coffee in hand. It's an experience like no other in Bali. Stay long enough and you'll experience the whole cycle of rice cultivation from planting to harvesting and the local religious festivals celebrating Bali's unique cultural heritage.
Our onsite staff will help you with all your needs, arranging tours and sightseeing, car or scooter rental, personal laundry and itineraries as well as giving you tips for the best shopping and massage in Ubud. A private chef can also be arranged to cook you traditional Indonesian cuisine right in the privacy of your own villa in your fully equipped kitchen. Or, if you would like to do it yourself, book a private cooking class. Our chef is very reasonable and an amazing cook! We can organize lunch or evening dinning in your villa which is truly one of our guests’ favorite experiences. Just ask our staff at check in and they'll take good care of you.
For those wishing to cook for themselves, we are only one mile away from the main supermarket (Coco supermarket) so you'll be able to stock up with local provisions.
Enjoy a wonderful daily cooked breakfast prepared in your villa each morning of delicious pancakes or eggs, fresh tropical fruit tea or coffee and juice to start your day in paradise! Breakfast will be prepared in your villa each morning from 8-11am. If you would like to change breakfast times, please ensure you notify our villa manager at check in so we can accommodate you.
Villa Budi is located on the edge of a huge rice paddy in the village of Lodtunduh, about 2.5 km from Ubud and not far from the Monkey Forest and all the world class shopping on Hanuman Street and the cultural activities and restaurants in Ubud. We are very centrally located for all of Bali's sights and activities. Sanur beach is close (about 12 miles) and Seminyak. Kuta and Legian are easy drives for a whole day out with a different vibe. Or you can go up the hill to Kintamani and the hot springs at Lake Batur in an hour or so. Temples abound everywhere - from Besakih, the "Mother Temple" to Tanah Lot on the ocean (two of the most famous and holy) and we can organize tours to anywhere on the island and to Lombok too....
It's cooler in the Ubud area than the beach. A/C is not needed at Harmony due to our location right on the edge of the rice fields. We almost always get a breeze and Budi has 4 powerful overhead fans and a huge high ceiling to keep the air flowing. The breezes complemented by ceiling fans are usually enough to keep you cool even at the warmest time of year. You'll find our design for indoor/outdoor living works for your comfort.
There's free wifi, 2 laptop sized safes towel service, TV/DVD, parking, laundry (by arrangement), daily staff service, a yoga deck, lush landscaping and the priceless ambiance of the Harmony lifestyle.
The Villa is available for daily rental (2 night minimum please) or longer. Please ask us for rates for longer term stays (over 10 days). We have a flexible check in and out time and are happy to accommodate you if you are coming from outside of Bali. We can arrange airport pickup and drop off for you for a reasonable charge.
*** Please also note we must collect a 10% Indonesian government hotel tax payable upon check in which is payable in US$ or Indonesian Rupiah.
Although we welcome children (our pool has a children's bathing area), Harmony isn't designed specifically as a child safe property so you will need to be responsible for them at all times.
We can also arrange the following services:
• Yoga classes
• Car rental
• Car and driver
• Scooter rental
• Bike rental
• Laundry service (Extra charge)
• Tours and sightseeing
• Airport pickup and delivery (Extra charge)
Staff will meet you upon arrival at Harmony, show you to your villa and provide you with keys, wifi password and the house manual with suggestions on all the local sights to see, restaurants to visit and local tours for enhancing your stay.
... and finally .... enjoy the wonderful cycle of the rice paddies! Depending on when you visit you’ll see the fascinating cycle of rice farming from preparing the fields, planting seedlings, thinning out the new rice, watching the ducks do their amazing dances, to harvesting, threshing and drying. It’s one of the best things about visiting Harmony! The cycle is fascinating to watch no matter when you come!
IMPORTANT.... If villa Budi is booked for your required dates ask us about the 4 other villas at Harmony on AIRBNB. For detailed descriptions, photos and calendar of availability either cut and paste the Airbnb link under each villa name below into your browser or go to the photo near the top left of this page and click on my name (MICHAEL in big blue letters) under it, scroll down the next page to see all our Villa listings on the left.
Villa Budi - Luxury 2 bedroom sleeps 4
Villa Sungai - Luxury 2 bedroom sleeps 4
Villa Jantung - Luxury 1 bedroom sleeps 2
Villa Jiwa - Luxury 1 bedroom sleeps 2
Villa Asmara - Luxury 1 bedroom sleeps 2
Daily rates for all our villas start from $89 to $167 (US$) per night, with discounts depending on length of stay. Please note there is a high season surcharge of 15-25% for July/August, Christmas, Easter and Chinese New Year periods.
Guests can use all the facilities at Harmony. Designed so each villa is private but with a sense of community, the infinity pool and yoga deck on the edge of the ricefields is very large and and always feels private. All our villas are private and Budi has a huge wrap around deck facing north to Mt Agung and Mt Batukaru and west to the amazing sunsets.
Interaction with Guests
I'm not always in Bali as I travel extensively myself, but our staff are really wonderful and will treat you like family. If I'm lucky to be staying while you're there, I'm always available to give you tips and pointers on the best way to maximize your stay in Ubud and Bali.
Our village is still mostly agricultural and its a fascinating place to experience real Bali village life which can't be found in touristy areas such as Kuta or Seminyak. That's the lovely thing about our area of Lodtunduh village.
You'll likely encounter ceremonies, celebrations, weddings, a cremation perhaps (a big event in Bali) , the local temple festivals. But most of all you'll see (depending on when you visit) the fascinating cycle of rice farming from preparing the fields, planting seedlings, thinning out the new rice, watching the ducks do their amazing dances, to harvesting, threshing and drying.
You'll go for a walk in the village and probably see the village men parade their fowl and perhaps experience a cockfight – although you may not approve, it’s very much a part of village culture. If you want you can wager and maybe win!
There's a taxi service right in our village to take you to and from the airport (about $30) and into town (about $5) a few minutes away and we can also rent you scooters (and helmets!) for about $6 per day. There's parking at the villa. Please note although the airport is only about 20 miles away it can take about an hour and a half in rush hour.
Villa Budi is one of five villas at Harmony and while Harmony is large enough so each Villa is private, it's small enough for community. We don't have a lot of rules except have maximum fun and relaxation
We ask you respect other guests privacy as they will yours and please don't smoke except on your private deck (not inside the villa). There's some basic stuff about being in a tropical environment; our staff will advise you on arrival. Please also note that although we love children (our pool does have a children's bathing area) Harmony is not specifically designed to be a child safe property and if you do book with children you will need to be responsible for them at all times..
We do have a few suggestions though....
We like to suggest you visit the village shops to buy your beer and snacks from the locals rather than going into town.
We have a resident dog called Trixie. She's a real sweetheart. Enjoy her.
Watch the rice... it's mesmerizing.
We really enjoyed our stay at Harmony Villas. The location provided the tranquility and peace that we were wanting doe this part of our trip.
The location was stunning and I loved how our villa opened up to the sea of green rice fields which surrounded our villa. It was so relaxing and calming to just sit and watch the goings on in the rice fields.
Our villa was an easy 10-15 mins ride by scooter into the centre of Ubud which suited us perfectly as we could head to town easily but equally get away from the hustle and bustle of town back at our villa.
It was a great base to use for our day trip adventures, (village cycle tour and hiking Mt Batur).
The staff were all so genuinely friendly and helpful and cooked us delicious breakfasts each morning.
Despite having some issues with our hot water, this was a beautiful and fabulous place to stay and if returning to Ubud would stay here again.
Thanks Michael and your lovely staff.
Hi Julia, thanks for the lovely review and we are so glad you loved your stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you again.
We are really sorry the hot water heater decided to break when you were there but I'm glad we had a vacant villa for you to shower in while we fixed it!
WOW! This is a fantastic place to stay and I would highly recommend it. The listing is described as having million dollar views and I have to agree, the views are sensational! Waking up to the sight of acres upon acres of paddy fields is something I will remember for a long time. Michael's staff were fantastic in their communication both before our stay and during it. We stayed in Villa Budi and it was a great villa with outdoor showers and an area outside to have breakfast and lounge around. The shared swimming pool is very relaxing and backs on to the fields so you get a great sunset from there. Also, the family dog, Trixie, is lovely. We wanted to bring her back with us! Thanks for a great stay, we'll be back!
We had a private pool party for 30 persons at Harmony Villa. We booked all of the villas and it was just perfect having the whole place to ourselves. Delicious catering, helpful staff! Unfortunately, there was a male staff who kept taking photos of us. Made some of us feel uncomfortable.
Karen, I apologize for the photography. I don't know who it was other than perhaps one of the staff who wanted to send pics to Elaine and I to show us how much fun your guests were having at the party and that all the arrangements worked for our first big Harmony catered event. Please let your guests know they were only for us back in the USA office and not for marketing or other purposes.
Glad you all had fun and we look forward to you returning on your next trip to Bali.
We all worked hard to make the party a success for you and we appreciated the opportunity to put on first big event!
Amazing view. Such a sea of green. My in-laws from Germany loved staying at this beautiful villa. Village chef was also really helpful to whip up a meal for seven people when we first arrived starving. Great staff.
The best location in Ubud...PERIOD.
Its a pleasure overall. I did not meet Michael personally during my staff but Michael's staffs were super helpful from the very beginning. The Budi villa is amazing with spectacular view of the ricefields from the terrace and open space villa. Though I personally was afraid with the geckos! and the staff still remember how terrified i was by covering my head with a hat just in case the gecko fell of my head!
I came to the villas for the specific reason of avoiding the noises of fireworks and firecrackers for my dogs during the new years eve celebration. It was a right decision! The location is a bit remote off Lodtunduh area and all i can see was spectacular fireworks galore from afar!
Please be mindful that the swimming pool shown in the pic is shared with other guests from other villas. I mistaken this as private swimming pool for my own villa. The only thing that I would suggest to improve though (1) internet connectivity - wifi doesnt work properly from my villa; (2) no tv network and only small numbers of DVDs provided (most of them are even movies for small kids)
Hi Rainintha, thanks for the review.
Couple of comments. Villa Budi has its own repeater for the wifi network and it usually works without a problem so perhaps the Internet provider was having problems rather than it being our internal network.
As for the pool, it does state in our listing this is a shared pool with all the villas.
We actually don't really provide DVD's, only what we have collected over the last couple of years from guests leaving them after a stay. We couldn't cater to everyone's tastes so we decided not to try to provide them. There are several DVD shops in town and guests generally buy their own movie choices (about $1 each) if they don't find something at the villas they like.
We also don't have a TV network service. That is also stated in our listing.
Pouring rain when we arrived... Staff getting ready for holiday. Loved rice fields and pool and view...walk to town scary with traffic and long...cab rides and traffic!
Hi Pamela, thanks for the feedback. In Bali for 3 of the religious holidays in a year our staff have a day off and the dates change because it's a lunar calendar. This year it was Kuningan holiday during your stay and traffic can be busy when it's just before a holiday or festival.
Staff do make local calls for guests on request who choose not to purchase a very cheap and easily available local sim card. We tried lending phones in the past but we kept getting them lost so we discontinued it.
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About the Host, Michael
I'm an educational filmmaker born in the UK, spent many years in Los Angeles, have an organic farm (still going) in Southern California and now travel a lot with bases in beautiful Bali.and equally beautiful Ojai, California. I've created Harmony Villas with my Balinese friend Wayan Nama in a modern tropical minimalist style to reflect our joint passions - connection with the land, no clutter, beauty and a wonderful environment. I'm equally passionate about providing a superlative experience for Harmony guests so they can have an authentic Bali vacation and truly relax.